Tahoe City Summer Solstice Festival kicks off Summer Salmagundi | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City Summer Solstice Festival kicks off Summer Salmagundi

Photographer Ken Volz discusses his work with Peggy Longo of Backstreet Framers in Truckee.

Winos take note: You can sip wine, walk and shop, schmooze and gourmet graze at the Tahoe City Wine Walk Saturday, June 19 from noon to 4 p.m., all the while feasting your eyes on beautiful Big Blue along the way. This yearand#8217;s event has blossomed into 30 tasting (yes, I said 30!) locations featuring wines of the Sierra and fantastic food from the areaand#8217;s finest restaurants and caterers. Live music will be sprinkled throughout the charming North Shore hamlet at four locations. Thereand#8217;s even a and#8220;milk bar,and#8221; music for kids and child care available for parents who would like to drop off their children before embarking on their wine quest. The Tahoe City trolley will also be running before, during and after the wine walk. The Tahoe City Wine Walk is part of the Tahoe City Summer Solstice Festival which continues through Sunday, June 20. The extremely popular Commons Beach Sunday concert series also kicks off this Sunday at 4 p.m.

Tickets to the wine walk are available at James-Harold Galleries in the Boatworks Mall, Tahoe Daveand#8217;s, The Store, TCDA Office (above Blue Agave), and the North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center (next to the Tahoe City firehouse), or by going online at http://www.visitTahoeCity.com.

More music in the mountains

With free, live music in public places all the rage these days, the Tahoe City Downtown Association has added and#8220;Heritage Plaza Unplugged:and#8221; live music every Saturday afternoon throughout the summer beginning June 26 and starting at 1 p.m. Visitors, shoppers and diners will enjoy the festive milieu as live music resonates from the heart of Tahoe City as they amble through town. A full schedule of the bands performing can be found online also at http://www.VisitTahoeCity.com.

Kudos to the musical event sponsors: Sydand#8217;s Cafe, Fat Cat Cafe, Geared for Games, The Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City Kayak, Hester Real Estate and Tahoe Daveand#8217;s. To get dialed in to all thatand#8217;s happening this summer in Tahoe City, as well as Yelp restaurant reviews and more, log on to http://www.Facebook.com/DowntownTahoeCity. Facebook friends can share photos, concert stories or tell everyone what you love about downtown Tahoe City!

Longtime Tahoe City restaurant Wolfdaleand#8217;s has always been supportive of local artists, displaying their work on the tony restaurantand#8217;s walls for its diners to appreciate. Currently on display through August is the work of local Tahoe City photographer Ken Volz. His two year project entitled and#8220;Things in the Pondand#8221; is a collection of photographs from his book of the same title. Volz employs time lapsed photography to shoot images of reflective colors which are distorted from the motion in the pondand#8217;s water. The book is currently for sale at Wolfdales, Pabloand#8217;s Frame Shop and Tahoe Tree Company in Tahoe City.

About 60 art enthusiasts and friends gathered recently at and#8220;Wolfieand#8217;sand#8221; for an artistand#8217;s reception. Owner/chef Douglas Dale served up tasty hors dand#8217;oeuvres which included, among others, oysters on the half shell and his trademark bite size Hawaiian poke cones. Some of those checking out the art, which also included oil paintings from Reno artist Annie Hall, were Michele DeBraganca, Nina and Ham Rogers, Todd Mather, Jimalu and Gary Davis, Julie and David Conover, Patty and Glen Spiller, Christie Lee, Tom and Nancy Oand#8217;Neill, Greg Tiller, Brian Casey, Alice and Bill Doyle, Leslie and John Hyche, Peggy Longo and Rocket Bertolli.

And speaking of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, congratulations to the TCDAand#8217;s Executive Director Justin Broglio and wife Merri who are the proud parents of Romelia Noelle Broglio, born May 26, 2010 and weighing in at 6 lbs. 9 oz.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via aedgett@sierrasun.com. Vicki Kahn may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net

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